Weekend Words of Wisdom: Don’t Forget to Enjoy the Journey Along the Way

Jessica Beauchamp

Jessica Beauchamp

Founder, Author, Lead Designer at Jess & Co.
MBA, BA, AA, & Teaching Certificate.
Jessica Beauchamp
This entry is part 10 of 16 in the series Weekend Words of Wisdom

Every day you should use your time wisely – you should not waste but work towards your purpose. In order to give your life a meaning, you must find it through your journey – this means that a journey spent void of action is one not fully explored, but one spent filled with exploration through work in the trajectory of ultimate goals despite obstacles is one full of meaning, joy, wonder, and purpose. Focus on the end result but don’t forget to enjoy the journey along the way.

 

Get Over Your Fear to Fulfill & Live Out Your Purpose In Life

Jessica Beauchamp

Jessica Beauchamp

Founder, Author, Lead Designer at Jess & Co.
MBA, BA, AA, & Teaching Certificate.
Jessica Beauchamp

Fear. The word itself is crippling. Fear. It is the thing that holds us back. Fear. It is the voice inside our head that creates self-doubt and feelings of unworthiness. Fear. It is stopping you from living out the life that you dreamed of – the life that you’re meant to live which fulfills your purpose in life. Fear. It’s nothing but our inner self that’s afraid of change trying to keep you from living, keep you from being completely happy and satisfied with your life. Fear. Is nothing more than an inner voice of all potential outcomes that cause worry and stress for what? For nothing. Fear. Is within, internal and should not stop your external being. Fear. Is. Nothing.

Take a breath – let it go. Fear does not exist outside of ourselves when it comes to living our inner purpose – it is only within and that is where it should stay. Trap that fear and keep it caged up.

Let me tell you, fear does not leave but there are ways to tame it. I have fear. Everyone has fear. This includes all of those successful people that you look up to – they have fear and in order to become successful in what they wanted in life, they overcame it.

Now how do you tame that inner fear that’s keeping you from living intentionally, purposefully, and happily?

  1. Identify and be aware of your fears. 
    Awareness to your fears brings them to the forefront of the mind. This may create anxiety and stress, but it also allows you the opportunity to identify and isolate both what your fears are as well as what leads up to your fears. It may help to journal these as they come to the mind instead of allowing it to take up headspace.
  2. Come to the now and take action. 
    This involves bringing the fear to the forefront and overcoming it. Imagine how good it will feel to overcome it. As you mindfully work toward trapping your fears with them at the forefront of your mind, despite all of the anxiety and stress, you will be okay. You will be alright. Remember, your internal fears cannot harm you – they merely hold you back. Work through it despite feeling petrified.
  3. Change your perspective and focus on the positivity. 
    By changing your perspective and focusing on the positives, focusing on the end result, focusing on the good – rather than all of the negative that fear likes to bring to the forefront, to include self-doubt, failure, loss, and so forth will lead you to get through the task the fear that held you back from and will lead you to complete what you set out to do.
  4. Come to understand your fears – especially that of failure. 
    Our internal fears do not bring about the end of the world, especially that of failure. In fact, any obstacle that is presented to us should not hold us back but lead to a learning opportunity – even when our fears come to fruition, like that of failure, it is not the ultimate end but rather a chance to redirect, learn, and grow.
  5. Finally, breathe. 
    Our breath is powerful. When we have anxious energy in us, simply breathe deep and slowly and realize the calming power – feel the grounding effect. If your nervous energy promotes a sense of restlessness in you then consider practicing meditation or yoga to calm your nerves, ease your muscle tension, and ease your energy.

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We are Looking for Guest Bloggers for Guest Posts

Jessica Beauchamp

Jessica Beauchamp

Founder, Author, Lead Designer at Jess & Co.
MBA, BA, AA, & Teaching Certificate.
Jessica Beauchamp

Do you have a knack for writing? Are you just naturally talented? Are you interested in taking your writing career to the next step? Well, then we may be the perfect stepping-stone in your career goals as a writer.

We here at Jess & Co. believe in encouraging others, collaboration, and education. If you have an interest in, are specialized in, or have knowledge in any of the following categories (or recommend a new category with a sentence or two explaining why you feel this fits within our brand) then we would love to hear from you:

  • Mindfulness – Yoga
  • Bohemian – Tribal – Ethnic
  • Business – Entrepreneurship – Freelancing
  • Homesteading – Gardening – Healthy Living

To submit your guest post submission simply complete the form below. Be sure to include the following:

  • Basic contact details.
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Once you submit, a member of our team will be in contact with you. We are really excited to see what you all come up with!

 

Happy Easter!

Jessica Beauchamp

Jessica Beauchamp

Founder, Author, Lead Designer at Jess & Co.
MBA, BA, AA, & Teaching Certificate.
Jessica Beauchamp

 

As the evening winds down and the festivities of the day come to a close…let’s all take a moment to remember the story of Christ and the real reason behind why we celebrate Easter. If you’re looking for a little more heartfelt Christian religious praise then turn to these messages, 58 Easter messages to give praise with.

 

How to Start a Business Without Money

Jessica Beauchamp

Jessica Beauchamp

Founder, Author, Lead Designer at Jess & Co.
MBA, BA, AA, & Teaching Certificate.
Jessica Beauchamp

We want to raise money and make money, right? Isn’t that one of the main reasons you are starting a for-profit business? But then you’re probably thinking to yourself, “you can only make money if you spend money” – let me stop you right there. That line of thinking is just plain wrong. You can make money without going broke. But what about all of the other successful businesses that I see out there making money – they have money at their disposal to use on a vast number of resources for growth and development!? Let me also counter that line of thinking – they all had to start from somewhere – and most of them did not have the resources that they do today to get them to the point that they are. Life is not stagnant, it changes – and so to do businesses, they will grow, morph, and change. With that said, I would also like to reiterate that you are comparing yourself to others out there in an unhealthy light. Look to others to learn from them, not to create self-defeat and prevent you from living the life that you want or starting your dream business. 

Now, the million dollar question – How can you start a business when you don’t have any money?

  1. Start a business in what you know best – this eliminates the need for upfront education, learning, and so forth when you are already an expert in your field, plus you have hands on practical knowledge that is by far more valuable than a theory alone.Build your business around what you already know so that you don’t have to invest in learning something new, getting a new certificate, acquiring new skills, learning new knowledge, and so forth – all of this can come down the road and in the future, but right now, focus on the present. What do you know now? I am sure that you are an expert at something.By building your business around what you already know, this would also eliminate the need to hire a consultant or seek out additional assistant at an additional cost upfront. Rely on your own personal experiences, knowledge, and expertise because yes you are already a professional in your field.
  2. Avoid credit cards like they are the black plague.Credit cards should never be seen as “free money”. Let me reiterate that. Credit cards are NOT FREE. Remember the classic line by Milton Friedman, “There’s no such thing as a free lunch.” – Credit cards fall right into that lunch bucket.Why burden yourself now when you may need it later in an emergency? The times in which you should consider using a credit card are: emergencies, contingency plan z, the “s**t hit the fan” on everyone’s front – you get it – these are the only time credit cards should ever, and I mean ever be considered in a young business – if at all. They are not a wise financial decision early on as they hinder your budget, dip into any potential revenue, and produce high-stress and unwarranted stress that can carry over well beyond a business and into a home life as well as this affects more than a business but also personal credit.Remember to think of yourself as a growing business and you do not grow overnight but rather you grow overtime. So think of yourself and your business as a plant that takes time, nurturing, and care to grow from seedling to full-grown blooming tree.
  3. It’s time to hustle and produce sweat equity.Number three this is called or sweat equity and hustling or a little bit of both. Basically, you are going to have to put in the time, work, and energy. This means some hard work and managing your business like a business. At some points, it will feel like non-stop work that goes and goes around the clock, but in the end, think to yourself – is it worth it? If your answer is always yes, then this work won’t seem to be like work and one day you will wake up and your business will be heading where you want it to if you continue to put in the right time, effort, and energy. Remember to work smarter, not longer. However, they also say that start-up entrepreneurs end up putting in 80 hours for the same pay as a 40-hour workweek yet they are more satisfied and happier overall because they are living out their dreams and seeing the fruits of their labor from to fruition.
  4. You should feel blessed to live in the Internet age if you want to start a business. Never before has anyone had the abundance of opportunities quite literally at their fingertips, so rejoice in this knowledge and get to using them!If want to learn something new, then all you need to do is search for an infinite number of classes, take a class through UdemyCourseraSkillshare, or one of the other online class opportunities. Watch a Youtube video or even earn you college degree online.There are abundant ways to network, manage projects, collaborate, multitask, and so forth – literally, if you seek on the Internet (in regards to business related resources and so forth), then you will find.
  5. If you are in need of a little funding for your business, get creative.
    1. You can use your own personal savings or borrow from family & friends, but those may not be the wisest of choices. Personal savings is a loss on your own personal front, however, this may be your only option. Borrowing from friends and family is, in a way, starting an investor partnership and remember the old saying, “do not work with friends and family”. This is true because of the personal and emotional connection involved. It’s just best to leave business partnerships at a business relationship standpoint unless you are 100% confident that you can maintain the separation between business and family/friends.Read about why hiring family is a bad idea.
      Read the 5 dangers of working with family and friends.
    2. If your idea is solid, then use an incubator. A business incubator requires acceptance into the program, but they are designed for start-ups and to help out financially – so this would take the weight off your shoulders. You can find incubators in universities or in local development organizations designed for economic growth.
    3. Crowdfund your business. Kickstarter is one of many platforms that can help fund your business by allowing the public to invest a percentage of their money into your future business as a form of a buy-in.
  6. Let’s end with the fact that the only real way that you can start generating any type of stream of revenue for your business is to simply start. Set aside any personal fears, obstacles, or anything else holding you back and start where you are. Begin now and don’t look back.

 

What To Do When You’re Ill…But Still Have a Business To Run.

Jessica Beauchamp

Jessica Beauchamp

Founder, Author, Lead Designer at Jess & Co.
MBA, BA, AA, & Teaching Certificate.
Jessica Beauchamp

We are human and we get sick. That is just simply something that happens. As much as it sucks, it is beneficial for building our immune systems and provides our bodies with the necessary rest that is often quite difficult to resist. Now, there are essentially 4 things you can do if you’re a small business owner, entrepreneur, sole proprietor, and so forth.
They are:

  1. Let the business lay dormant as you care for your needs.
    This is not recommended if you want to continue to see positive growth in your business.
  2. Fight through the illness and still continue working as if you were not sick.
    Also not recommended, if your body is demanding that you rest then listen to your body. If you don’t care for yourself well enough by giving yourself the adequate rest that it needs then your body will only take longer to recoup and heal. Rest now so that you can get back to work sooner rather than later. Plus, your work won’t suffer due to a cloudy mind and fatigue.
  3. Utilize automatic schedulers.
    There are great automatic schedulers that should be a part of your on a daily basis to allow for the emergency times and to allow for optimum viewing time. You really shouldn’t be manually publishing and posting as it is, so jump onto the automatic scheduling train while you feel healthy before it’s too late and you really wish you had. Here are a few worth checking out:

    • If you run your own website through WordPress then there are plenty of plugins to help you with scheduling posts and products directly to your social media sites. One of our favorite plugins is Nelio Content. It’s an editorial calendar with the ability to schedule posts at different intervals of time according to your editorial schedule.
    • Another of your personal favorite is Buffer. It allows you to schedule media across different platforms to different social networks depending on your editorial schedule as designed by their optimal time scheduler or by your preferences. Plus, there is an amazing plug-in feature that goes along with the app if you’re running Google Chrome.
    • A great auto-program of a sort is IFTTT. It sets up recipe cards where “if that then this” is performed. This also works really well for feeds when posting that can automatically be shared to different social medias. It works well for adding missed phone calls to your to do list or creating tasks from starred items in your inbox. There are a whole slew of items that can be done through IFTTT, ranging in the form of personal to business so it’s definitely worth a look.
    • There are many more great and wonderful auto scheduling programs, plug-ins, and features that work really well. So search for one’s that perform exactly what you want them to do and use them often.
  4. Hire a virtual assistant.
    This is something that can be useful for businesses of all stages. Virtual assistants are not only great for times of unexpected illness, they are also great for completing tasks that are mundane or that you simply don’t enjoy – or even one’s that are not highlighting your strengths as well and therefore, not ultimately making the most use of your time. Virtual assistants are nearly a dime a dozen for just about anything that you can think of and there are many platforms that you can search from for a reputable one.

    • TimeEtc. Virtual assistants go through a rigorous questioning process before becoming a freelance virtual assistant and even at that, they only accept about 5% of all applicants. A team will work together to help you find the right virtual assistant.
    • Upwork. Create a job and description and freelancers will put themselves forward to you.
    • Guru. Similar to Upwork.
    • Flexjobs. Post your job and wait for a freelancer to come to you.
    • See our team here on Jess and Co. USA. Jessica Beauchamp is a freelance virtual assistant and has been since March 2013.
    • Be diligent and do your research.

Do you have any additional advice for what to do when you are an entrepreneur that becomes sick?